Thursday, August 13, 2009

The 3 sisters-2, Ron-0

For those of you not around here the 3 sisters are 3 climbs on the river mountain loop trail (RMLT). A cycling/running/horseback riding/4wheeel etc trail. There is no river and it is close to a very very small mountain. When it is finished it will be 36 miles (I think) round trip. It is paved. The climbs are 15, 16, and 19% grades. OUCH. Actually ouch is a good word as I crashed on the first one for lack of forward motion (rest assured no one witnessed it to my knowledge). What I am excited about is that I didn't quit. I'm just not strong/fit enough yet. On my 1/2 iron distance race these hills will be in the last 1/3 of the bike leg. 3/4 quarters of the way up each climb is better than last time when I didnt even make it half way. My biggest fear is having to walk them during my race. That is straight up not acceptable. Here has been my week so far: wife had a very minor surgery (if there is such a thing)
Tuesday-recovery run of 3 miles
Wednesday-Hills. Total of 15:30 miles. I rode from my mother-in-laws house to the RMLT. Floundered on the hills but pounded it out. I gave it my all. Now that I look at my garmin screen there is a 23% under the grade section. This my second attempt at the 3 sisters and I am determined to beat em.
Thursday-Seeming feeling no ill effects from yesterdays "fun" I decided to go for a tempo run. That turned into a hill run. I met up with the Village Runner group and the course they run is hilly. My legs were pooped. 4 miles total. Very slow.

I have been slacking on my information giving post during the week. Lack of time and a clear topic to research. I have been listening to podcasts on itunes on triathlon. They are awesome. Free too. There is a runners podcast as well. My rest of week will look like this....tomorrow short swim, sat long ride 45 miles or so. Sunday brick of biking about 20 miles followed by 6-8 mile run. QUOTE:

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown

yeah I will be back you 3 beotches! (HA)


TRI-james said...

I had an "accident" on a hill like that twice in one ride - it only hurt the spirit for a little while. But made me determined to defeat it next time.

You will get them!

Shannon said...

"Actually ouch is a good word as I crashed on the first one for lack of forward motion (rest assured no one witnessed it to my knowledge)."

Why is it that when we "crash" the first thought we have is, "dayum I hope nobody saw that." LOL....

Training Looks Good Bro.

Morgan said...

LOL! You'll get those wenches next time!!!

B.o.B. said...

take those hoes down. (i am so gangsta!)

no really, good luck with those three. i think you will tackle them soon enough.

hope wifey is doing ok and have a great weekend.

Big Daddy Diesel said...

You will conquer it, no hill is too tough for the determined.

At least your crash happen while working hard, my last TT, one rider fell standing still waiting for the timer clock to set him off.

Chuck said...

As you fitness improves over time, you will beat all three of those sisters. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you have to walk part of the hills on race day. Better to conserve your energy and your legs for the remainder of the race. In an endurance event as challenging as a half iron man, it is all about energy management.

Your awesome! Stay focused on your goals.